Secrets’ Dr. David Rich describes “a comparison of the AV8805’s analog board to the AV8802, which used the Renesas AVR LSI (R2A15220FP), is breathtaking. Anthem's excellent AVM 60 ($2,999) is another full-featured 11.2 AV Processor with DTS Play-Fi multi-room system and an undeniable heritage. The AV8805 does not use an AVR LSI chip but multiple chips which perform a single function. Thanks for submitting your review. In fact it's a technological statement of intent, an AV hub that boasts just about every feature imaginable. We see numerous distortion spurs in the spectrum with the second harmonic at 20 kHz being about 99 dB below 2 VRMS. The IMD measurement through HDMI at 16-bit/44.1k sampling was 0.0033% at 2 VRMS. I configured the AV8805 once again for Auro-3D and was delighted at just how good Auro-3D sounded in my room. I have a Marantz AV7005 that has served me well, but want to upgrade to a newer Atmos PrePro that will sound at least as good as the AV7005 on both music and movies. The most tedious part was manipulating the on-screen keyboard to enter my HEOS login and password, although to be fair, this can be done though the HEOS app, as can user names and inputs for all of the various streaming services supported by the platform. The AV8805 drew me into the intense action of the Motorball arena, filling the room with the sounds of the stadium crowd and the fierce combatants trying to end Alita’s chances. Directly under the display are buttons for the various input modes, HDMI output selection, and zone selection. The AV8805 supports four digital audio inputs (2 coaxial and 2 optical). After spending an hour or so with the Auro-3D disc, I received a request for my family to play an actual movie, so I selected Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The AV8805 also includes a lot of video processing options that will let those with multiple sources and/or displays get the most out of their systems. This is one situation where just being able to type the desired value would be a plus. On The Bench by Carlo Lo Raso with musings in some sections by Dr. David Rich. This was done to stay consistent with the way we measured the AV8802 and allow comparisons. Supports HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.2, 4K/60p video and 3D video pass-through, BT.2020 wide color gamut, 4:4:4 color subsampling, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). The extra two channels of output allow you to have the ability to change two of your height speakers when going back and forth between Auro-3D and Atmos/DTS:X. This brings the Marantz and Denon products much more in line with the type of customizations that can be achieved with room correction systems like Anthem’s ARC or Dirac, but there is still plenty of room for improvement and competition. The entire process took less than half an hour and was very straightforward. If you read my review of the AV7703, you may remember my discussion of Jennifer Warnes' album Famous Blue Raincoat (Private Music) The change in the worst-case THD specification between the chips used in the AV8802 and AV8805 points to a 50% distortion reduction. This is standard operating conditions for stereo and multichannel digital products at the XLR output. Again, please note in the next 3 spectra the absence of spurs above the noise floor compared to the AV8802. To those of you who are fact checking me here, I acknowledge that Auro-3D is capable of object based decoding, but only when 20 plus channels are in use. Tony Levin’s bassline was deep and taught, much more so than I ever remembered hearing it in my old King Crimson CDs. All told, the AV8805 offers a level of automation integration that most preamps in its class simply don't.--Dennis Burger]. It also makes it easy to expand your stereo or home theater systems in other rooms (multi-room) if you are not utilizing all the channels in your main room. While I did not use more than one zone for this review, the second and third zones have analog or component video and analog stereo outputs; Zone two adds a HDMI output as well. If you are wondering about what happens when 8K video and HDMI 2.1 products really start to hit the market, Marantz has stated that they will provide an HDMI upgrade to the AV8805 to keep up with the changes. You will receive a confirmation email once your review has been published. Once the speakers are connected and the amplifiers turned on, the AV8805 plays a few musical notes to help identify all the channels. We saw some non-harmonic noise in the low-level linearity test spectra (-90dBFS) compared to two-channel products but we are not showing the plot. Average review: 7 reviews. And the sound of the thousands of chanting Tharks in the stands was completely around and above me in a mass of sound. We see numerous distortion spurs as well as harmonics throughout the spectrum with the third harmonic at 3 kHz being about 93 dB below 4 VRMS. We’ll cover more on this in the bench testing section of this review. And if all that isn’t enough, the AV8805 includes voice control support for Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. The second harmonic at 20 kHz is about 98dB below 2 VRMS with the third harmonic at 30 kHz checking in at about 94dB below 2 VRMS. Object-based encoding gives an object a place in the 3D place as opposed to a specific channel. You can clearly see the inverse of the room correction curve in the plot. The AV8805 includes one IR input, one set of remote control jacks, and an RS-232 jack, which can be used to control the AV8805 with an external control system. The aural onslaught began with the track “Neal and Jack and Me” as Adrian Belew’s vocals seemingly came out of every channel while Robert Fripp’s looped guitar technique (or Frippertronics as it is called) was swirling around me in space. I already had the app, but if you don't it's available for both the iOS and Android platforms for $19.95. There are now seventeen balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA preamp outputs, which include four pair of height channels, one pair of which can be used for front wide channels, and two independent subwoofer channels. If that isn’t enough to get you to spend the extra dollars on the app, the application provides a curve editor which allows you to manually adjust the correction curve on a per channel basis. When not working with technology or enjoying music or a good movie, Robert enjoys hiking, cycling and travel. The AV8805 drops the second USB input from the rear panel. Loads of integration options and support for Apple AirPlay 2, Google Voice and Amazon Alexa. The AV8805's headphone jack had no problem driving most of my headphones, but harder-to-drive cans, such as those from HiFiMan, or AKG K701s, will still benefit form a dedicated headphone amplifier to achieve their full dynamic capabilities. Regardless of the movie, the combination of the AV8805 with the GoldenEar Triton Reference system and the Bryston Cubed amps produced impressive results. © Copyright 2020 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity /, Show Reports, Film Festivals and Concerts, Marantz SACD 30N Network SACD Player Review, MartinLogan Balanced Force 212 Subwoofer Review, Starke Sound A8.350 Multichannel Power Amplifier Review, STAX SR-007A Electrostatic Headphone Review, What We Are Watching Vol. Since Marantz has included Audyssey SubEQ HT technology, the Audyssey setup process verified that each subwoofer was playing at around 75dB. What this means for you Control4 homeowners in the audience is that your dealer will spend less time installing and programming the preamp, since the Composer Pro software automatically recognizes it as soon as it's attached to the network, and identifies it by MAC address, not IP address, so you don't have to worry about assigning a static IP. The addition of HEOS is one of the most significant feature upgrades from the 8802. To my eyes, the video performance was very similar to that of the AV7703. I found that Dynamic EQ overly compressed the sound for my tastes unless I properly adjusted the Reference Level Offset. The IMD measurement at 24-bit/192k sampling rate was 0.0008% at 2 VRMS. The Marantz AV8805 offers an outstanding construction for the best, unaltered music and movie playback. AV8805 Full 4K Pre-amplifier From Marantz - The Audiophile Man To provide an empirical perspective in his reviews, he adds analytical measurements to his personal observations. While I really liked the prior versions of this processor, the ability to dial-in the settings to my preference on the AV8805 really makes this a winner for me. Marantz still includes built-in support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking and two antennas are included which can be mounted to the top rear corners of the processor. You'll automatically be entered in the HTR Sweepstakes, and get the hottest audio deals directly in your inbox. Unfortunately, there is no option to accomplish this other than to manually change the speaker configuration and amp assignment prior to playback which is terribly unfriendly and problematic. In my room, for example, the speakers that are used for the top middle can easily fit the bill for surround height. 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Marantz AV8801 decodes 11 audio channels plus two independent subwoofer channels. On the video side of things, the AV8805 uses the ADV7850 and ADV8003 video signal processors from Analog Devices. It gives you an opportunity to fill the living room with how many speakers you want, including extra width and height speakers at the front and rear. The setup assistant prompts you to select each source and specify the type of video and audio connection. The setup assistant helps you to select the speakers that are present in your system, and for each speaker selected, it asks you to specify the connection type of RCA or XLR. The Marantz AV8805 is a great benchmark for a flagship A/V preamp/processor. Includes the Audyssey Platinum room correction suite (Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, Sub EQ HT, and LFC) and Audyssey DSX processing. In the center of the AV8805 is the trademark porthole display that shows the current input selection and volume or tuner band and station. Their merger with Denon to create D+M Holdings back in 2002 has resulted in product lines that are both feature-rich and faithful to the original musical heritage of the company. Bench tests on the Marantz AV8805 were conducted using SpectraPLUS audio measurement software and a Lynx 2B professional soundcard. The AV8805 processor supports eight HDMI 2.0b inputs and three HDMI 2.0b outputs, which can be operated simultaneously or independently. Seven channels of amplification were provided by Stark Sound as well in the form of a massive A7 Mk II multi-channel amplifier with two additional channels provided by my Class-D Audio SDS-470C stereo amplifier. While not my first experience using Audyssey MultiEQ XT32, it was my first time using the Audyssey Curve Editor app which I downloaded on to my iPhone 6S Plus after paying the additional $20 bucks. The exterior appearance of the Marantz AV8805 remains unchanged, with the same clean lines and simple control interface. Like the AV8805, the MP-50AV is prepped for a future 2.1 update. Senior Editor and Secrets Operation Manager Carlo Lo Raso and I worked together on this review and we looked forward to experiencing the AV8805 in our respective home theaters. Immerse yourself in three-dimensional audio with the latest surround formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro-3D. From a technology perspective, the extra pair of height channels allows the AV8805 to support speaker configurations up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 for Dolby Atmos, while DTS:X and Auro-3D support up to 13.1 speaker configurations. The last step in the setup process is to connect each of your source devices to the AV8805. That receiver sparked a passion for music and movies that has lasted over two decades. Principen är samma för båda formaten där, med hjälp av takhögtalare eller Atmos/DTS:X-kompatibla högtalare, kan ta del av ett multidimensionellt ljud som ger en helt ny känsla då ljudet kan förflyttas över eller "genom" dig. These include better transformer vibration isolation; cleaner signal paths; increased rigidity and shielding. I received an Auro-3D Demo disc a few weeks before the AV8805 arrived, so I was anxious to check it out as soon as I had the AV8805 configured. The center portion of the front panel is still made from brushed aluminum, and the left and right side panels are made from curved resin which gives the processor its refined appearance. The Marantz AV8805 uses eight of these stereo DAC chips to cover D/A conversion for the 15.2 channels that the processor provides. The IMD measurement using the RCA input was 0.00089. At 1 kHz, and 24-bit/96k sampling rate, THD+N was 0.0013%. The AV8805 supports HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.2, 4K/60p video and 3D video pass-through, BT.2020 wide color gamut, 4:4:4 color subsampling, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). John Carter of Mars is another fun movie that, while tragically underrated, is IMO of worthy enjoyment on a system like this. The network connectivity also allows for Smart Remote Management in addition to IR, IP, and RS-232 control. Marantz AV8802 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Preview | Audioholics However, the Lyngdorf has no legacy connections. There is a visible B-A peak at 1 kHz about 101 dB below 2 VRMS. I found the sonic profile to be more similar to the AV8802 than the AV7703, even exceeding the detail of the AV8802. This sort of thing should be especially appreciated when setting up any of the extensive networking and home automation capabilities that the AV8805 offers. The rear panel of the AV8805 isn’t dramatically different from that of the AV8802. The prospect of tweaking the Audyssey calibration from an app was most intriguing. The SC-79 used the ESS ES 9016 DAC. Full-range Speaker Systems vs. Satellite-subwoofer Combinations, AVR – Audio Video Receiver – Build Quality: Part V, “Good News, Marantz says no AVR LSI for you.”. Just for reference the previous SNR champ for an AVR was the Pioneer SC-79 coming in at 118.6dB. The AV8805 also comes with Smart TV connectivity through CEC in addition to enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), which was enabled in a recent firmware update. Other movies that I watched on all three processors included American Sniper and Gravity. Marantz will also be offering a future paid hardware update to the latest HDMI 2.1 standard so the AV8805 is ready for the future with 8K video. Aunque el AV8805 tiene casi todos los tipos de entradas de audio y vídeo, excepto S-Video (que dudo que alguien extrañe), sospecho que la mayoría de la gente usará HDMI y entradas de audio en red más que cualquier otra cosa. The app shows you the Audyssey speaker detection results and lets you modify the setup--drawing your own target curve if you choose, tweaking settings like the BBC Dip, and more importantly setting a maximum filter frequency--but my favorite thing about the app is that it also provides graphs of before and after processing, which is helpful to see what your room is doing and what changes have been made. The porthole display is accented with a small blue ring which is illuminated when the AV8805 is on. Towards the end of the movie when the Meg was terrorizing a packed beach, I was placed directly, and convincingly, amid the panicked sounds of beach-goers frantically swimming for their lives or trying to escape. We know the distortion is not from the AKM AK4490 DAC since the THD increased as we changed the output level from 2VRMS to 4VRMS with the volume control. The Marantz AVR app worked fine for most functions, but the HEOS app made it very easy to access my source of choice and search my multi-terabyte collection of audio files. The analytical measurements provide a baseline for comparison between products. But I had to at least mention it as a consideration for anyone purchasing an AV preamp anytime soon. In this unit, two AVR LSI chips are replaced by 9 new chips from New Japan Radio and 6 added opamps. I was amazed at the sheer amount of detail and nuance that the AV8805 was able to produce. This means that a room can be configured for Front-Height and Rear-Height and the speakers will be compatible with Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D and DTS:X. I would still like to see Marantz offer the option to support multiple speaker configurations on the AV8805 and assign those to the various processing formats. 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